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New York City Marathon Elite Race Preview

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Nov. 3, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 3, 2011 at 9:01 PM UTC
Rotich is hoping to win her second race in New York City this year on Sunday. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Jessica Augusto & Ana Dulce Felix

Jessica Augusto (left) and Ana Dulce Felix (right) hope to pack a Portugese punch in New York City this weekend. Photo: PhotoRun.net

A Portugese runner has never won the New York City Marathon but one of these two women hopes to change that this year. Augusto and Felix have each only completed one marathon, but there’s good reason to watch this dynamic duo on Nov. 6. Augusto ran 2:24:33 to finish eighth in her debut in London in April, while Felix, who dropped out of last year’s New York City Marathon, ran 2:26:30 to finish as runner-up in Vienna earlier this year. Both competed in the 10,000 meters at the world championships in Daegu, South Korea, with Felix finishing eighth and Augusto placing 10th.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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